designtrend.com – History announced Tuesday, Dec. 16, that “Vikings” will return for its third season Thursday, Feb. 19, at 10:00 p.m. ET, TVLine reported.
The 10-episode third season of the Emmy-nominated historical drama will follow Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as the current king of Denmark.
In the Season 2 finale, Ragnar took the crown from the King Horik (Donal Logue) after the latter plotted a treacherous plan to attack Kattegat and kill the earl along with his whole family.
King Horik felt that Ragnar was stealing his power from him. So, in an attempt to get rid of the earl, King Horik devised the menacing plan, which ultimately failed after his supposed ally Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), betrayed him.
Several actors are joining the show for its third installment.
English actress Jennie Jacques will portray Judith, the daughter of Saxon King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) and bride to Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford), who is the son of Saxon King Ecbert (Linus Roache). She eventually becomes the mother of notable historical figure Alfred the Great, according to Deadline.
Ben Robson, on the other hand, will play Kalf, Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) trusted second in command. Lagertha, aka Earl Ingstad of Hedeby, leaves Kalf in charge when she goes to raid with Ragnar. But Lagertha may have underestimated Kalf, who will quickly make himself a major player, and can be a central figure in future seasons, according to TV Guide.
Canadian actors Lothaire Bluteau and Kevin Durand also landed roles in the third season of the show. Bluteau will portray Emperor Charles of France while Durand takes on the role of the Wanderer, a stranger who is not what he seems, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
French actress Morgane Polanski (daughter of Roman Polanski) is also onboard. He will be Princess Gisla, Emperor Charles’ daughter and his main advisor.
Speaking at the San Diego Comic-Con last month, series creator Michael Hirst revealed that Season 3 of the historical drama will feature the biggest adventure the Vikings have faced yet: the raid on Paris.
“I always knew that one of the big features of Season 3 was going to be the attack on Paris,” Hirst dished about the upcoming season, according to SheKnows.
Since the series premiered on History channel in March 2013, Ragnar’s gang has already raided England several times, but in Season 3, the group of Vikings is heading to 9th century France, where they will take a fleet of 100 ships into battle, according to Blastr.
In the said French raid, the Vikings will go into battle against Emperor Charles and Princess Gisla, Zap2it reported. This storyline, however, will not conclude by the time the Season 3 ends.
“This isn’t a storyline that’s going to go away in a couple episodes,” Hirst said. “It’s a storyline that’s going right through the end of Season 3, into Season 4, and it has huge impact on several of our leading characters.”